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Posts Made By: mindajo
Board: BusyBoard 07-15-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
 
Posted By mindajo
Book Retriever

I use the book retriever app. I think it was $0.99. It doesn't have EVERY book I own in the database (my collection rivals the school library), but it has probably close to 75%. I just add the book...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 07-10-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mindajo
Probably not :-(

I got called into Jury duty a few years ago. First of all, I had an appointment for a root canal that same day (made around 6 weeks in advance), and they were not about to let me leave for that....
Board: Teachers' Lounge 07-10-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mindajo
Level 2 :-(

I re-started 30DS about 2 weeks ago. I've done this each of the past 4 summers. Level 1 wasn't too bad--tough but I lived. I did Day 1 of Level 2 yesterday. I forgot how much I hate to plank! It...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 08-11-2013, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By mindajo
Alarm helped us!

We purchased a "Dry-Me" bedwetting alarm ($50 from Amazon) for our 7-yr old son. He is a sound sleeper, but the alarm is mostly for the parents to hear to help the kid get up and out of bed to use...
Board: BusyBoard 08-09-2013, 05:45 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By mindajo
2 days-MAX

I am a firm believer that school should start with a short week--in order to get kids (and teachers) used to being away from home/summer routine. I think enough teachers in my district griped about...
Board: BusyBoard 08-08-2013, 05:47 AM
Replies: 25
 
Posted By mindajo
none

We are also not allowed to use any air fresheners--and I don't really know of anyone in my school who breaks the rules. Our school nurse is kind of a stickler for rule-following, (and so am I), so...
Board: BusyBoard 08-08-2013, 05:40 AM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By mindajo
facts--I teach 5th

I begin the year with 5 minutes for 100 facts and gradually work down to 3 minutes by the end of the year. We practice all 4 operations, rotating every few weeks (subtraction usually gets the lowest...
Board: BusyBoard 07-23-2013, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
 
Posted By mindajo
scratch cards

They should scratch off easily from something laminated. You could always try it on something you have laminated already to check...

I painted on the glossy side of post cards I made on...
Board: BusyBoard 07-22-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
 
Posted By mindajo
My library

1) How do you organize your books? (genre, book level, etc)
I organize by genre. We do the "40 Book Challenge" so those are the genres we use. I do also have a space for picture books--just for...
Board: BusyBoard 07-22-2013, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By mindajo
Butterfly

Similar to a PP, I DO teach the butterfly method to compare fractions, but ONLY after they have practiced extensively with other methods: visual, common denominators, comparing to benchmark,...
Board: BusyBoard 07-22-2013, 07:38 AM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By mindajo
Last week...

Walgreens had them on sale last week :(. I looked at ads through 8/3 and didn't see that they were coming up on sale again, but if you can wait, I would keep an eye out there. They usually go on sale...
Board: The VENT 06-19-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 32
 
Posted By mindajo
Thanks

I guess I never EXPECT a thank-you. If I do something special for my students or their families, I do it because I want to, not because I want them to acknowledge the time or work I've put into...
Board: The VENT 06-12-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By mindajo
Get on it!

This behavior needs to be nipped ASAP! They are definitely trying to entertain each other, and it appears that it's become a contest to see who can be more disruptive. Unfortunately, something...
Board: BusyBoard 08-06-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mindajo
Glad I'm not the only one!!!

My biggest pet peeve is when apostrophes are misused. (I had a student call them flying commas once, when she couldn't remember the name...haha)

Someone running for office in my area sent out...
Board: BusyBoard 08-31-2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By mindajo
Classroom IPAD

So I just got an email from my principal wondering if I would like to "take her IPAD off her hands" and use it in my classroom. I'm not crazy, so I said yes---but now I'm wondering what great things...
Board: BusyBoard 08-10-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By mindajo
Hanging folders + number order

I also kept hanging folders and would place graded papers in the folder (or would have an adult helper do it if possible--I don't let students handle graded papers). Also, I arranged my papers in...
Board: Intermediate Grades (3-5) 08-07-2011, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By mindajo
science choice boards/menus

This year, my students will be participating in a science fair, and due to the clientele of my school, we will be doing all of the work at school (with mentors from the local college--yay!!!:D).
...
Board: BusyBoard 08-03-2011, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mindajo
yes

I actually have 4 different cards, (2 different per postcard/2 different postcards). I switched the prizes around (I only have 3 different prizes to give--you could have 8 different, I guess--more if...
Board: BusyBoard 08-02-2011, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mindajo
Lol

classroom money teachermo! :)

VP is not running free shipping deal anymore, but you can still get free postcards if you want to pay for the shipping. Check out VP addicts board for links to free...
Board: BusyBoard 08-02-2011, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mindajo
scratch cards

Although mine are not as nicely done as I'd like, here are my scratch cards for my class. It would have been easier to use stickers, as others have done, but my DH will seriously hurt me if I spend...
Board: BusyBoard 07-30-2011, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By mindajo
I would ask

I would ask to bring your kids with unless you could find a much cheaper babysitter for the few hours. IMO, $50 is way too much to spend on a meeting. I would state the email to the P similarly to...
Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 07-30-2011, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By mindajo
Unfortunately, no

The Onion is NOT real news. My husband is a big fan, and it's good for a chuckle. I highly doubt most politicians think enough of teachers (as is evident by many of their actions) to believe we could...
Board: Fifth Grade 07-29-2011, 07:37 AM
Replies: 15
 
Posted By mindajo
series

I'm a big fan of reading a book that is in a series and "hooking them" that way.

-Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing
-The Grand Escape (about cats who belong to a "club of mysteries")
-Sideways...
Board: BusyBoard 07-28-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By mindajo
glad I'm not the only one...

I too, immediately thought of HP and tried to imagine why someone would want something that I imagine to look like a bird bath in their classroom. hahaLOL
Board: BusyBoard 07-27-2011, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16
 
Posted By mindajo
scratch cards

I used a "store brand" dishwashing soap and it worked fine. Mine will need a second coat, but I'm not sure if that's due to the color of paint, my design, or my non-dawn soap.

I designed my...


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